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Hedvika Bukovská

Hedvika Bukovská

“…by the grace of God I am what I am.” 1Cor15:10

“I would like to sing a song of Lord´s generosity and love to (for) me.”

I have been lead to this first sentence by my experience of God and by two authors – Franz Werfel and Therese from Lisieux. But external conditions do not allow me to write more than a few lines.

I was not born in Bohemia, but I have lived there almost the whole my life. I was baptized shortly after my birth. Since my early childhood (in contrast to my younger three siblings) I have felt the desire to be close to God. This desire has been growing throughout my whole life and it crystallized in certain events during my life.

I realized my vocation to the priesthood when I was a small girl. Later I recognised that only boys could be priests. I then thought I must be called to be a Sister in relious life. I later realised that this was not the right calling for me, but I still felt called to be a priest.

During adolescence I handed over my life to God and I asked Him to lead me. Many times I searched and groped after my next step. I decided to get married because the external conditions in my country would not have allowed me to enter any order.

Over the years God’s calling (vocation) has been sounding in my heart leading me to inner prayer. In prayer I understood, that God offers me to participate on Lk 4, 18 - 19, that I am really invited to the priesthood; and the chalice of suffering was also offered to me. During my travelling around Europe God assured me at one place, that He really calls me to “be a fisherman of people” Lk 5,10. Shortly after He opened for to me a much larger field of activity that even now I have wonder at God’s providence.

I can say together with Saint Therese that God realized all His promises that He gave me, all my desires that he put into my heart.

I am sure that my place is in the Catholic Church and I decided never to leave it. I am old enough to understand that my priesthood never will be expressed in the liturgy, but I hope that God will give mea share in the heaven liturgy together with Therese and other women.

I suppose that God has given me all the gifts to be one of the drops that will make the spring. And that this spring will bring understanding that God’s Spirit blows where He chooses (cp. John 3, 8).

Hedvika Bukovská

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